Check your ho­mo­cys­teine

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - ART & MUSIC -

The amino acid ho­mo­cys­teine is a re­li­able marker for in­flam­ma­tion and also for poor nutritional sta­tus and can be checked by your GP. One UK study showed that as ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els creep up, so does brain shrink­age — the higher the lev­els, the greater the im­pact on cog­ni­tive func­tion. The ef­fect stopped as soon as ho­mo­cys­teine came down to op­ti­mal lev­els.

Dr Bre­desen says that hav­ing enough B vi­ta­mins, in par­tic­u­lar B6, fo­late and B12, will help re­duce your ho­mo­cys­teine to be­low 6mol/l. You’ll find th­ese vi­ta­mins in foods such as whole­grains, dark leafy greens, legumes, al­monds, sun­flower seeds, fish, eggs and poul­try. Al­ter­na­tively you could sup­ple­ment with a B com­plex vi­ta­min that uses the ac­tive form of the vi­ta­mins — P5P, methyl­fo­late and methyl­cobal­amin.

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